The Middle School Eagle Awards recognize students who have demonstrated the virtues of character, concern, respect or responsibility among their peers at ASL or within the wider community in London or the world. The awards are given quarterly by teacher nomination.
At the end of each year, students gather for an awards ceremony to celebrate the Grade 8 promotion to the High School. The Middle School gives a variety of awards to students across different grade levels. Not all awards are given every year.
Michael Baldock Award
The Michael Baldock Award is awarded to a Grade 5 student who has made a significant improvement since the beginning of the year.
Christine Siegfried Reading Award
Named for Christine Siegfried, a wonderful librarian who worked at ASL for 37 years, this award is given to a Grade 6 student who demonstrates an intense love of literature.
Mike McKeen Field Studies Award
The Mike McKeen Field Studies Award is given to a Grade 7 student with a passion for working out of doors, a superior ability to make connections between fieldwork and everyday life, and an appreciation for the interconnectedness of ideas.
John M. Lutz Award for Mathematics
John Lutz was a Middle School mathematics teacher from 1971 to 2000. Mr. Lutz was passionate about mathematics and excellence, which he described as an inextricable combination of talent and effort. The Middle School faculty established this award to thank Mr. Lutz for all his years of patience and dedication.
Ed Elliott History Award (est. 2009)
The Ed Elliott Award is given to a Grade 8 student who has demonstrated a keen passion for history.
Excellence in Writing Award
This award recognizes the growth that occurs in writing in the Grade 8 program and is presented to the student who proves to be a consistently strong writer, and who uses the writing process to actively improve his/her work.
Each year, an award is given to a student in each grade by the PE team.
Frank Rudolph Award for Science
During his 30-year tenure, Frank Rudolph assumed many roles including math teacher and dean of students, but the role he loved best and will be most remembered for was as a Grade 8 science teacher. His former students and colleagues described him as having a heart of gold and a passion for all things scientific.
Gordon Murphy Award for Excellence in Music (Est. 2003)
The award is presented to a Middle School student who embodies the values that Mr. Murphy brought to the classroom: dedication, commitment to excellence, and most of all, a zestful love of music and its place in our lives.
Hirsh Award for Service to Others (Est. 2006)
Donna Hirsh served at ASL for approximately 30 years as a teacher, counselor and service learning coordinator. She was always focused on one goal: helping her students to grow into compassionate and active global citizens. This award is given to students who demonstrate initiative in raising awareness of others in need and in personally responding to those needs.
Hazel Culbert Award for English as an Additional Language (Est. 1998)
Hazel Culbert was an ASL teacher for 25 years. The Middle School faculty created this award for the EAL student who exemplifies the qualities of diligence, determination and courage in learning a new language at the same time as studying core subjects in that language.
Excellence in Art Award
This award honors student artists by selecting a piece of their artwork for the ASL permanent collection. Selected works are hung in the boardroom.
Alan Heath The World is My Classroom Award (Est. 2007)
This award honors Alan Heath, who taught at ASL for 34 years, and contributed greatly to the development of the Grade 6 field studies program. This award celebrates curiosity and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.
Karen Sellars The Courage of Your Convictions Award (Est. 2004)
The Middle School faculty established this award when teacher Karen Sellars retired. During her 32 years at ASL, Mrs. Sellars never hesitated to stand up for what she believed in, regardless of what others said or thought.
Carter-Hufford Award for Friendship in Sports (Est. 2006)
The Carter-Hufford Award for Friendship in Sports, named after long-serving PE teachers Bob Carter and Eddie Hufford. is given to a Middle School student who is:
a person who enjoys being active and healthy
a team player and competitive on behalf of the team
a student who enjoys challenges and is willing to take risks
someone who is interested in all sports, not just the ones s/he participates in
a person who establishes and values relationships, and is inclusive of others.
Steve Wasley Award for Organization (Est. 2008)
This award is given to a Middle School student who displays strong organizational skills and attention to detail in their academic work. The award is named for Steve Wasley, who taught at ASL for 33 years in the Lower and Middle schools.
Ruth Heuman Math Improvement Award (Est. 2009)
The Ruth Heuman award is given to a student who has made significant progress in mathematics over the course of his/her time at ASL.
Sarah Owens Award for Friendship
This award is offered in memory of Sarah Owens, who died in the Lockerbie air crash on 21 December 1988. Sarah entered ASL as a new student in September of that year. She often mentioned how grateful she was to the many students who made her feel welcome and at home in her new school. This award is given to a Grade 8 student who best exemplifies those characteristics of kindness, openness and thoughtfulness, and is voted on by the new Grade 8 students.
Stephen L. Eckard Award
This award is given by the Grade 8 teachers to commemorate the founder of our school, Stephen Larned Eckard. Mr. Eckard began what has become the American School in London in 1951 with just a handful of students. This award recognizes the student who is a well-rounded individual.
Academic Excellence Awards
These awards, made to Grade 8 students, recognize three categories of excellence: Excellence in Effort Honor Roll, Improvement in Academics Award and Academic Excellence Honor Roll.
The Grade 8 faculty selects as Class Speaker a student whose academic standing is at the highest level, and who demonstrates an abiding interest in, and scholarly approach to, his/her academic studies. This represents our highest academic award.